Vet­ting warn­ing

Shepparton News - Country News - - EUROA SHOW 2018 -

Na­tion­als front­bencher Dar­ren Ch­ester has warned his party must be vig­i­lant with mem­ber­ship ap­pli­ca­tions, af­ter a group of peo­ple quit the NSW branch amid al­le­ga­tions of links to neo-Nazi groups.

The vet­er­ans’ af­fairs min­is­ter and Fed­eral Mem­ber for Gipp­s­land said there was no room for ex­trem­ist views in the Na­tion­als, wish­ing ‘‘good rid­dance’’ to the 15 party mem­bers who re­signed dur­ing a probe into their al­leged white su­prem­a­cist ties.

‘‘We’ve got to be care­ful in the sense of our vet­ting and check­ing, mak­ing sure you don’t get those type of char­ac­ters try­ing to in­fil­trate your party,’’ Mr Ch­ester told ABC ra­dio on Thursday.

He said a process was un­der way in NSW to en­sure it wouldn’t hap­pen again.

‘‘I’m dis­ap­pointed it’s got to this. There’s some peo­ple ob­vi­ously who have tried to use the party for their own agenda,’’ Mr Ch­ester said.

A mem­ber of the Young Na­tion­als ex­ec­u­tive branch sent a lengthy let­ter to the party last Wed­nes­day, ac­cus­ing them of trial by me­dia and leak­ing pri­vate in­for­ma­tion.

The man, who was im­pli­cated in rev­e­la­tions about an alt-right in­fil­tra­tion of the party ear­lier this month, said he and about 15 oth­ers cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion would ten­der their res­ig­na­tions.

‘‘I have not been given the right of re­ply or a chance to ex­plain. This is very much a Kafkaesque sit­u­a­tion right out of The Trial,’’ the man said.

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